Ecosocialism

Richard Fidler, Life on the Left, March 21, 2019
A Green New Deal for Canada?

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

Richard Fidler, Life on the Left, March 21, 2019
A Green New Deal for Canada?

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group, ecosocialists.dsa.org, March 3, 2019
Olive branch in red fist

From time to time, SCNCC endorses statements made by other groups that advance the principles we support.  The statement by the Ecosocialist Working Group (EWG) of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is one such statement.  We hope EWG's statement will gain wide support within DSA and that DSA will adopt its demands and EWG's firm stance against cooptation and watering down of the Green New Deal by the Democratic Party.  Like the EWG, we see the Green New Deal as an arena for class struggle, not as a legislative initiative that we will support no matter what direction it takes.

Mary Annaïse Heglar, medium.com, March 3, 2019
Black folks have built some of the most powerful movements in U.S. history. And we have a whole lot to teach you about building an inclusive movement. Photo: Montecruz Foto via Flickr

Dear Climate Movement:

I’m with you when you say that climate change is the most important issue facing humankind. I’ll even go so far as to say it’s the most important one ever. But, when I hear folks say—and I have heard it—that the environmental movement is the first in history to stare down an existential threat, I have to get off the train.

Editors, Jacobin, February 18, 2019
Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
The Green New Deal (GND) is now part of the national conversation. But for decades, social movements have been doing the on-the-ground work to resist fossil capitalism and envision a different future. Such grassroots social mobilization — but at a massive scale — is vital to ensuring the GND catalyzes transformative social change.
Kamran Nayeri, Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosociaism, January 5, 2019
Angel confronts Balaam and his donkey
The following is a slightly edited text of a presentation by Kamran Nayeri to the Revolutionary University conference in Berkeley, California, Saturday, October 13. 

Michael Löwy, Great Transition Initiative, December 22, 2018
Michael Löwy

The capitalist system, driven at its core by the maximization of profit, regardless of social and ecological costs, is incompatible with a just and sustainable future. Ecosocialism offers a radical alternative that puts social and ecological well-being first. Attuned to the links between the exploitation of labor and the exploitation of the environment, ecosocialism stands against both reformist “market ecology” and “productivist socialism.” By embracing a new model of robustly democratic planning, society can take control of the means of production and its own destiny.

Richard Smith, Real World Economics Review (forthcoming March 1, 2019), November 26, 2018
The wildfire that wiped out Paradise, California.

Richard Smith argues for an emergency plan to meet the climate emergency and "do what the science demands before it's too late."  This is an abridged version of a paper that will appear in the March 1, 2019 special issue of Real-World Economics Review.[1]

Ted Franklin, SCNCC, September 18, 2018
Carbon Pricing Is Colonialism Banner

“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” 

—W.E.B. Du Bois

Shortly before protesters gathered around the world on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, an ecosocialist friend commented on the pointlessness of engaging in more “feel good” marches. Something struck me as horribly wrong about this casual dismissal of mass actions in which we take to the streets to bear witness to the mounting opposition to global ecocide.

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